Yun Gee: Poetry, Writings, Art, Memories

Yun Gee: Poetry, Writings, Art, Memories



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Yun Gee: Poetry, Writings, Art, Memories by Anthony W. Lee

This volume presents a selection of paintings, poetry, essays, and ephemeral writings by the Chinese American modernist Yun Gee (1906–1963), together with essays about the artist.

Yun Gee arrived in San Francisco from Guangdong Province at the age of fifteen and within a few years established himself as one of the city’s most daring avant-garde painters. But all of his astonishing efforts with the brush and palette ran up against an intense anti-Chinese sentiment. He seemed never to escape the high social price of being Chinese—not in San Francisco, Paris, or New York, where he ended his days. This collection of writings and images represents the eclectic interests and disappointed hopes of a man who was by turns a political revolutionary, cultural radical, social visionary, teacher, inventor, painter, and poet.

As a unique collection of materials documenting the expressions of an Asian American artist of the first half of the 20th century, this book illuminates not only the life and work of the multifaceted Yun Gee, but also the experiences of Chinese immigrants who came of age in America during the Exclusion Era. Anthony Lee’s essays and the materials he has gathered here reveal the utopianism, anger, and anxiety that were the traces of an entire generation’s racialized existence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780295983530
Publisher: University of Washington Press and Pasadena Museum of California Art
Publication date: 10/01/2003
Series: The Jacob Lawrence Series on American Artists
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Anthony W. Lee is associate professor of art history at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. The book includes an essay by Paul Karlstrom, a reminiscence by Yun Gee's daughter, Li-lan, and writings about Yun Gee by his contemporaries.

Table of Contents


Part IA Modernist Painter's Journey in America—Paul Karlstrom

Part IISolitary Proposals—Anthony W. LeeA Selection of Poetry by Yun Gee

Part IIIRevolution in Art and Life—Anthony W. LeeThe Chinese Artist and the World of Tomorrow (c. 1926)—Yun GeeConfucius (c. 1927)—Yun GeeOn French Art (c. 1929)—Yun GeeChinese Artist Charms Paris (1930)—R. Harrison WolcottChinese Painter Back to Show His New Art (1931)—Jean PiperYun Gee, Chinese Interpreter of East to West (1931)—Arthur A. YoungApostle of the New Cubism Teaches Art in a Tenement (1932)—Joseph MitchellYun Gee (1939)—Pierre MilleDiamondism At Last! Or, What It Takes to Make a Good Picture (1937; 1939)—Yun GeeHow to Life a Fuller and Longer Life: Philosophy of Taoism in the 20th Century (c. 1940)—Yun GeeLetter of Invitation to Study (c. 1941)—Yun Gee

Part IVThe World Yesterday—Anthony W. LeeYun Gee, American Chinese Artist (1930)—Reuben H. MenkenEast and West Meet in Paris (1944)—Yun GeeLetter to Paul Bird (1951)—Yun GeeYun Gee Speaks His Mind (c. 1954)—Yun GeeMemories of Uncle Yun (2002)—Nancy BingMemories of My Father (2002)—Li-Lan


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